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About the Piece
The Chaconne from the d minor Partita of J.S. Bach for solo violin has long fascinated musical theorists, historians, and performers. It is a Chaconne of enormous development and proportion, especially when we consider that it was written for a solo instrument. Brahms transcribed the Chaconne as an exercise for piano left hand. The bass clarinet again shows itself to be very adaptable in this attractive transcription of the Chaconne for bass clarinet or clarinet. While challenging both technique and endurance, the Chaconne can be successfully played on either soprano or bass clarinet, but is a particularly powerful musical experience as performed on bass clarinet.
Please note that the Chaconne is also available as part of our larger publication of selections from the Sonatas & Partitas. We will continue to offer this separate publication, however, both because of its popularity and also the loose-leaf presentation, which prevents problems with page turns.
This publication appears in the following syllabi/prescribed music lists:
Extended-range instrument NOT required. 9 pages, loose-leaf.
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Listen to the work in its original instrumentation, for solo violin:
Duo Alea, the father-daughter duo of Michael and Kimberly Davenport, began performing music for bass clarinet and piano in 1996. As performers searching for new repertoire and teachers working with students eager to develop as performers, it quickly became clear that there was a need for more repertoire featuring the bass clarinet. Filling this need became the mission of Alea Publishing & Recording.
Since our first publication in 1997, the Alea catalog has now grown to include over 300 titles. We pride ourselves on the accuracy and quality of our sheet music, as well as our ability to ship directly to customers around the world.
We are proud of the diversity of our catalog in terms of the inclusion of works by composers and arrangers from around the world. We are interested in continuing to expand this diversity, representing musical ideas from around the world.
Following Michael's passing in 2019, Kim has taken over solo management of Alea Publishing. In 2020, Alea established the Dolphy Prize, an annual composition award for new works for bass clarinet by black composers.
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